CariVu – Caries Detection Device
DEXIS CariVu™ is a compact, portable caries (also known as cavities) detection device that uses patented transillumination technology to support the identification of various kinds of carious lesions and cracks in your teeth. CariVu provides intuitive, easy-to-use diagnostic tools for the dental community.
By hugging the tooth and bathing it in safe, near-infrared light, CariVu’s transillumination technology makes the enamel appear transparent while porous lesions trap and absorb the light. This unique caries detector allows the clinician to see through the tooth exposing its structure and the actual structure of any carious lesions with very high accuracy.
Similar in appearance, DEXIS CariVu images read like familiar X-ray images — lesions will appear as dark areas. This provides an edge over fluorescent imaging technologies in that there is no need to clean the tooth of bacteria, calibrate the device or become versed in the meaning of multiple color codes or numeric indicators.
Since transillumination can show lesions in the beginning stages, using CariVu during routine prophylaxis can aid the hygienist in identifying questionable areas early on and decide on a course of preventive care.
When used together, a radiograph, a transilluminated image, and an intra-oral photo provide a comprehensive picture of the health of a patient’s tooth.
For those patients who refuse to have X-rays taken, CariVu is an alternative diagnostic method with which they can be comfortable.